Drug dealers are targeting city children.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

The city's police chief, Inspector Kieran Quinn has told the Ulster Gazette that dealers are pushing cannabis and ecstasy to children as young as 14 years old.

Inspector Quinn described the issue as an 'emerging problem' and one that police are focussed on tackling. He also warned that the sale of prescription drugs was becoming a problem in Armagh as well.

"We are keen to keep on top of this problem so we can keep the community safe, " said Inspector Quinn.

"Province-wide the PSNI has been running its Torus operation which is aimed at disrupting street drug dealing and we in Armagh have been playing our part.

But this is a problem that every parent should be aware of.

"We work with the schools and the PCSP to educate young people as best as we can but there is also a big role for parents to play."

Police in Armagh have been working tirelessly in taking the fight to local dealers. In the past month alone they have carried out six drugs-related raids across the city.

"These have been intelligence led searches which means we have been getting good information from the public and this is something we want to see continue .

"The searches uncovered small amounts of drugs but it also disrupts the dealers and where we have good information we will deploy the necessary resources to keep our community safe."

Newry & Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin MLA stated, "Drugs continue to be a real scourge on our society and it is frightening to see that the age group participating in this highly dangerous and illegal practice is getting younger and younger.

That should be a real concern for everyone, parents, our governments and our Policing and Justice system."

He continued, "We are seeing and hearing of the vast problems associated with drug taking and in recent times this has resulted in fatalities due to young people taking lethal mixtures of substances which have been bought illegally on the street. I will be continuing to liaise with local Police on this very concerning issue but it remains a massive and dangerous problem across the district."


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